Feb. 23, 2024

NDSU introduces girls to engineering


Nearly 150 eighth-grade girls visited NDSU and area engineering companies Friday, Feb. 23 as part of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, an annual event hosted by the NDSU College of Engineering, gives the girls a full day focused on the field of engineering. Activities are designed to build confidence in their problem-solving skills and to inspire girls to consider an education and career within the STEM disciplines.

“This is our chance to show these girls how engineers impact our world,” said Angela Gross, outreach coordinator for the NDSU College of Engineering. “The goals of Introduce a Girl to Engineering day are to open that door to the world of engineering, define, through experience, what engineering looks like, and, ultimately, add engineering as a possible career path for themselves.”

The day started at NDSU where the eighth-graders met women engineering students, faculty and professionals, worked on a hands-on team activity building paper roller coasters and had a question-and-answer session with a panel of female role models in engineering.

Students then spent the afternoon visiting area engineering companies. The students and female engineers, who serve as mentors, worked together to solve problems, learn about engineering and have fun. Industry partners included Bobcat, Braun Intertec, John Deere, Marvin, Moore Engineering, SRF Consulting, Stantec and Ulteig. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is part of the NDSU College of Engineering’s extensive outreach program designed to engage K-12 students in hands-on activities, create a STEM identity and show them how engineers change the world.

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